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NATO crash kills 4; Taliban begin spring offensive

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Associated Press.April 10 Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division provide security while their comrades search a village in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

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Insurgents have escalated attacks to gain power and influence ahead of next year's presidential election and the planned withdrawal of most U.S. and other foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. And U.S.-backed efforts to try to reconcile the Islamic militant movement with the Afghan government are gaining little traction.
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